Turisas
Stand Up and Fight


2.5
average

Review

by Fugue USER (58 Reviews)
February 25th, 2011 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Turisas the musical: Coming to theatres near you soon.

Turisas would like you to think they are a unique band. Supported by a solid foundation of diehard fans the folk metal world's cult favourites built their reputation upon superb live shows and a single unwavering principle; to bring the Vikings to life. In 2004 when Turisas released Battle Metal, the success it garnered was, in part, due to its unique appeal and considered execution. The strength of the record’s identity and (whisper it) conceptualisation, paired with its unabashed use of folk metal clichés led to an experience focussed upon pure entertainment. The musical flaws evident in Battle Metal were soon rectified and the group’s sophomore effort The Varangian Way built upon every facet of Battle Metal to become one of the stand out releases in its genre. The softer side of Turisas was shown through extended polka interludes and yet remained true to the band’s morals by remaining unremittingly metal. Truly, Stand Up And Fight, the Fins’ third full length album, has a lot to live up to. Improving upon an album that is, in many respects, a stand-out in its field is a thankless task, but despite the best efforts of ‘Warlord’ Nygård and company, it’s a task in which Stand Up And Fight ultimately fails.

The inherent problem with Stand Up And Fight is that it’s nothing we haven’t heard before. Well actually that’s not entirely true; Stand Up And Fight is Turisas… but bigger. Turisas’ records have always had the grandiosity that orchestral music delivers, but never before has it felt as forced as it does here. β*νετοι! – πράσινοι! attempts to step up the regality of previous releases with its string-led introduction only to implode in on itself through unnaturally strained vocals and weak construction. End Of An Empire gets in on the act too, its dramatic monologues bellowing with a flamboyancy unbefitting of such a record. While a complete stylistic upheaval was never expected of such a band, variety is the spice of life, and the familiarity of the majority of material on offer here is disappointing. The prominence of electric guitar passages and the emergence of harmonized vocals attempt to advance the band’s general formula, but the haphazard utilisation of both techniques leads to an inferior compositionality throughout.

On top of this, the album fails to live up to expectations musically too. Nygård’s newfound love for clean vocals is all well and good, but the execution shown here suggests he may need vocal coaching. Moreover the scarcity of his distinct narrative passages is a sore loss for the juxtaposition and added vigour they could have added would have been truer to the band’s personality. The added emphasis on power metal-esque electric guitar passages rip through the traditional atmosphere and the lack of polka interludes is a criminal loss. Conceptually the album is jumbled, with a seamless progression from The Varangian Way tainted by contemporary drivel. These skits break the unification of the overriding theme and fail to strengthen the record as a whole. Ultimately Stand Up and Fight is let down time and time again by inconsistencies and its curious penchant to the excessive. Its over-the-top gestures and unnecessary splendour secedes itself from its predecessors and leads to the bands weakest effort yet. It would probably work well as a musical though.

Overall 2.5 Average



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Fugue
February 25th 2011


7354 Comments


Sorry to interrupt the mini love-fest for this.

Digging: Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2011


8938 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

sorry to burst your bubble but it's not out yet

better save that review bro

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2011


16467 Comments


Don't like this band

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2011


8938 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

me neither, they blow

FatChickIrl
February 25th 2011


4096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like them and I dont agree with this and this is fucking awesome

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2011


8938 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

oh wait this is out in a bunch of places now

guess it counts then

Fugue
February 25th 2011


7354 Comments


a) it is out
b) there's a stream for it
c) I realise I left one of my 'liner notes' in on the first line but temporarily my internet is bust and my phone is being picky over which pages it will and will not load. The words I was looking for were " cult following" or something similar, it will be fixed asap.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2011


8938 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

a) it is out
b) there's a stream for it

yeah my bad, sorry for the mistake.

TheSpirit
February 25th 2011


17990 Comments


whats with that awful album art

Digging: The Speed of Sound in Seawater - Red Version

FatChickIrl
February 25th 2011


4096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Its awesome actually

Motiv3
February 25th 2011


8941 Comments


no its actually pretty awful album art.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2011


8938 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yep, awful~

feanaro
February 25th 2011


862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well written. Kind of reeks of not actually having listened to Turisas before though. Probably going to review this myself.

Hawks
February 25th 2011


35838 Comments


That album art is fucking horrible.

FatChickIrl
February 26th 2011


4096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eh I think its great and End of an Empire slays so hard

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2011


8938 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

just listened to end of an empire

terrible, sorry

vocals are just hideous

Darkvoid67
February 27th 2011


383 Comments


Album Art (and band) don't have a patch on the Mighty Amon Amarth!

FatChickIrl
February 27th 2011


4096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah not even gonna lie AA is definitely vikinglier

Fugue
February 27th 2011


7354 Comments


Well written. Kind of reeks of not actually having listened to Turisas before though. Probably going to review this myself.


Not rising to any bait or anything, but as I've recently made a concious decision to shorten the length of my reviews I'm acutely aware that I'm leaving out passages that I'd usually include. For my benefit, could you elaborate on what makes this review read as if I have no-clue about what I'm talking about? It would definitely help for future reviews.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2011


8938 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

tbh I don't think it reads like that at all. this is from someone who's heard the bands entire discography, too.



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